Saturday, September 21, 2019


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AMD Announces Third-Gen Threadripper With 24 Cores

Although the company did delay its Ryzen 9 3950X launch, AMD did announce 3rd-gen Threadripper processors with 24 cores.

AMD previously told us that it's long-awaited Ryzen 9 3950X, a 16-core 32-thread behemoth destined for the mainstream desktop, would arrive in September 2019, but today the company announced it is delaying the release until November while it focuses on meeting the demand for existing chips.  The company did throw us a bone, though, and also announced for the first time that the third-generation Threadripper processors would launch in November. 

Epic Paid $10M For Control Exclusivity?

According to this tweet, Epic Games shelled out some serious coin for exclusive rights to Control. How accurate is this? Who knows but it would seem like a pretty shrewd business move on Epics part.

Digital Bros, parent company of 505 Games, has disclosed that they received a payment of 9.49 million euro from Epic Games for Control.  Which I would imagine is for exclusivity. 55% of that payment going to 505 Games.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Open Beta

Blue's News has all the info on the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Open Beta. Get you some!

Get an early look at a collection of several maps and modes Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has to offer before it releases on October 25. Be among the first to experience the intense multiplayer action, ranging from the quick, close quarter 2v2 Gunfight mode, to traditional 6v6 multiplayer gameplay and larger player count firefights.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Eye Doctor Appointment

I am off to the eye doctor. Yay! This means that I will be out of the office for the rest of the day. Hopefully I will SEE you all tomorrow! 👀

Western Digital Enables Industry 4.0 Transition

Western Digital today introduced a portfolio of products to address its customers' growing need for high-endurance storage solutions in demanding industrial, smart and advanced manufacturing environments, including a wide variety of IoT devices. The portfolio deploys advanced, high-endurance 3D NAND in a variety of form factors to provide industrial-market solutions for systems designers of edge computing gateways, robotics, medical, inspection / surveillance, and artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) applications for industrial and IoT system designers.

Western Digital Announces Sale of IntelliFlash Business

Western Digital Corp. today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its IntelliFlash™ business to DDN, a global leader in artificial intelligence (AI) and multi-cloud data management. In addition, Western Digital and DDN have agreed to expand their existing partnership through a multi-year strategic sourcing agreement, under which DDN will increase its purchase of Western Digital's HDD and SSD storage devices.

For AI, Hardware’s Just the Start, NVIDIA’s Ian Buck Says

Great processors — and great hardware — won’t be enough to propel the AI revolution forward, Ian Buck, vice president and general manager of NVIDIA’s accelerated computing business, said Wednesday at the AI Hardware Summit.

Top 5 Things to See at GTC DC

The center of the AI ecosystem shifts to D.C. this fall, when the GPU Technology Conference arrives at the Reagan Center in Washington, from Nov. 4-6. GTC DC will bring together some 3,000 attendees from government and industry for three days of networking and more than 100 sessions, including presentations, panel talks and workshops focused on implementing AI in government and business.

Enermax TBRGB AD Review

OCInside has the Enermax TBRGB AD triple fan + controller pack in-house for a little review action.

Today we are testing the Enermax TBRGB AD 120mm fan set. The Enermax TBRGB AD 3-Fan Pack with RGB Control Box contains the three 120er ARGB fans and a small RGB controller. How well the set can be integrated in the PC and which effects are possible with these addressable RGB fans, we show in the following test on!

Microsoft Announces Board Changes

Microsoft Corp. today announced the nomination of Emma Walmsley, CEO of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and member of the GSK board, to the Microsoft board of directors. Walmsley will be presented for election at the company’s annual shareholders meeting, which will be held Dec. 4, 2019.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Corsair iCUE 465X RGB Review

My review of Corsair's iCUE 465X RGB mid-twer chassis is now live over at Tom's Hardware. Although it is a great case, we ran into an issue that we haven't seen reported anywhere else. Make sure you give it a read!

Borderlands 3 Hotfix

There not a lot you have to do to get the hot fix, just make sure you are connected to the internet when you start the will start deleting fixing everything automatically.

A hot fix is automatically applied at the Main Menu when Borderlands 3 is connected to the internet. In general, hot fixes are used to temporarily address issues between major updates. Hot fixes are not permanent – they are temporarily stored in memory during the game session and lost upon exiting Borderlands 3. To ensure that you receive hot fixes, make sure that your system is connected to the internet when Borderlands 3 boots up and hang out on the Menu screen for a minute.

Dumb Idea of the Day

Some really smart people have come up with the stupidest thing I've ever heard of...they have created a new authentication tool called EarEcho. Get an ear infection or let your ear wax build up and BAM! Authentication fails. Lose your headphones (which most of us are known for) and you are totally screwed. The kicker, they don't even work to play music or cancel noise. Now you are carry ANOTHER set of headphones with you.

FREE Games Galore!

If you don't have it already, you can now get Batman: Arkham Collection and the LEGO Batman Trilogy for free from the Epic Games Store.

Play Conan Games Free This Weekend

Want to play three different Conan games free this weekend? Hit this link for the lowdown.

Conan Exiles

The open world survival game, set in the savage lands of Conan the Barbarian, quickly became one of Funcom’s best-selling games after a successful Early Access run starting January 2017. Since the game launched in full on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on May 8 th, 2018, the game has had 7 DLCs and a host of free updates, adding new lands to explore, more end-game content, building pieces, bug fixes and performance improvements.

Corsair iCUE 465X RGB Review

Another review of the Corsair iCUE 465X RGB has popped up on the internet today. This time around it is the folks at TweakTown doing the reviewing.

Today we have in the lab, the second of the new iCUE series of 'smart cases' as dubbed by Corsair. The term smart case has always been a bit ambiguous to me, as a smart case in the sense of the iCUE, means to include the Lighting Node CORE which controls only lighting for the six connected ports.

Top 10 Ways Windows Is Just BETTER

Linus Tech Tips lays out the top ten ways they think Windows is better than everything else.

MSI GK60 Vigor Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

Those of you that enjoy the clickity-clack of a mechanical keyboard should check out  this review of the MSI GK60 Vigor.

So that sums up our time with the GK60 Vigor. It's a pretty nice keyboard. The typing experience is what you'd come to expect from the Cherry MX switches. In my opinion, they're the best switches I have ever typed on. 

HotHardware 2.5 Geeks Show

If you haven't done so already, make sure you guys head on over to HotHardware and check out the latest installment of the 2.5 Geeks show!

Nextlink Internet And Microsoft Closing Broadband Gap In Central US

Nextlink Internet and Microsoft Corp. announced a partnership that will help close the broadband gap in Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas, bringing high-speed internet to hundreds of rural communities. The agreement will further enable Nextlink to substantially expand their coverage areas and is part of the Microsoft Airband Initiative, which is focused on addressing this national crisis, with the goal of extending broadband access to over 3 million unserved people in rural America by July 2022.

Microsoft Announces Quarterly Dividend Increase

Microsoft Corp. announced today that its board of directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.51 per share, reflecting a 5 cent or 11% increase over the previous quarter’s dividend. The dividend is payable Dec. 12, 2019, to shareholders of record on Nov. 21, 2019. The ex-dividend date will be Nov. 20, 2019. 

The board of directors also approved a new share repurchase program authorizing up to $40 billion in share repurchases. The new share repurchase program, which has no expiration date, may be terminated at any time.

BIOSTAR Launches RACING B365GTQ Micro ATX Motherboard

BIOSTAR, a leading manufacturer of motherboards, graphics cards, and storage devices, is proud to include a new micro ATX form factor to its latest generation of RACING motherboards with the BIOSTAR RACING B365GTQ. Built to last with durable components, this new reliable Intel platform is a dream motherboard for gamers looking for a compact solution, and for content creators needing something budget friendly that is capable to support high-end CPUs and graphics card. Sporting the edgy and futuristic look of the RACING series as well as an impressive set of advanced features, the RACING B365GTQ is certain to deliver great performance and hold a unique place in any build configuration.

Bringing AI to Grocery Stores

We’ve all chosen the self-checkout stand over the human cashier, thinking it’ll take less time. But somehow, things take a terrible turn. The barcodes aren’t scanning, there’s a pop-up scolding you for not placing the product in the bagging area (though you did, of course), and an employee is coming over to fix the chaos. It would’ve taken less time to go to the cashier.

Focal Systems is applying deep learning and computer vision to automate portions of retail stores to streamline operations and get customers in and out more efficiently, without the pitfalls of the traditional self-checkout. CEO Francois Chaubard sat down with AI Podcast host Noah Kravitz to talk about how the company is changing retailers.

Intel Launches Immersive Highlights

Intel Sports expands the power of Intel® True View, the leading immersive media technology in sports, with the introduction of immersive highlights launching with English Premier League Champions Manchester City on Sept. 20. Building on the partnership they started in 2019, Manchester City and Intel have collaborated to bring this interactive experience to fans worldwide for the first time.

Intel Ships Stratix 10 DX FPGAs

Intel today announced shipments of new Intel® Stratix® 10 DX field programmable gate arrays (FPGA). The new FPGAs are designed to support Intel® Ultra Path Interconnect (Intel® UPI), PCI-Express (PCIe) Gen4 x16 and a new controller for Intel® Optane™ technology to provide flexible, high-performance acceleration. VMware is one of many early access program participants.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

AMD's Ryzen 3000 Boost Fix Works, But Often Hits Wrong Cores

According to this report, AMD's Ryzen boost fix works but probably still needs some work.

We've discovered quite a few encouraging traits with AMD's new boost-fixing BIOS and the Ryzen 9 3900X processor that extend beyond 'just' the expected heightened frequencies, but we also found a weakness in the chips' inability to hit the rated maximum boost speeds on all cores (the chips come with a mix of faster and slower cores). That often results in our Ryzen 9 3900X boosting on inactive cores, thus providing no performance improvement in some workloads.

Assembly Bill 5 Becomes Law

Independent contractors are now classified as employees in California.

A San Diego lawmaker's bill to limit when businesses and companies can classify employees as independent contractors was signed into law Wednesday by California Gov. Gavin Newsom.

700+ Interns Take NVIDIA by Storm

There are no coffee runs in sight for NVIDIA interns. Unless it involves building vehicles to make those runs autonomously. This year, more than 700 interns have joined NVIDIA across 30 global locations, most during the summer. Representing 120 schools and universities, these interns are working in teams as wide-ranging as machine learning, autonomous vehicles and robotics. When they’re not on the job, interns are treated to a host of opportunities, such as exclusive talks with senior NVIDIA executives and researchers, tickets to events at Avaya Stadium and free NVIDIA SHIELD TVs.

Intel Core i9-10900X Benchmarks?

It looks as though someone benchmarked an i9-10900X powered Dell Precision 5820 tower. Here are the results:

NVIDIA Brings GPU-Accelerated AI to Modern Enterprise IT

I like hearing this guy talk.

Corsair iCUE 465X RGB Review

Corsair's iCUE 465X RGB mid-tower chassis is on the test bench at NikKTech today.

The brand new iCUE 465X RGB Mid-Tower Smart Case by CORSAIR is not only one of the largest mid-tower models in the market today but thanks to its two tempered glass panels and its three front LL120 RGB fans it's also one of the best-looking ones.

PUBG Adding Survival Mastery

Here's the lowdown on Survival Mastery, the new progression feature coming to PUBG. Follow this link for all the info.

What is Survival Mastery? 

Survival Mastery is a progression feature designed as a companion system to Weapon Mastery. Where Weapon Mastery is all about your proficiency in combat, Survival Mastery focuses on your story as a player. In other words, our goal with this system is to help you recognize your own abilities and reward your success after each match. You get to decide what kind of player you’re going to be.

Fractal Design Vector RS Case Review

Bob and the crew at ThinkComputers published a review of the Fractal Design Vector RS today. Pretty damn nice looking, hit the link to see how it performs.

ASRock X570 Extreme4 AMD AM4 Motherboard Review

I'm not sure how I missed this one the other day but OCInide has published a review of ASRock's X570 Extreme4 motherboard. Make sure you check it out!

Today we test on with the ASRock X570 Extreme4 a strong ATX motherboard for current AMD Ryzen 3000 processors. We overclocked the AMD Ryzen 3000 motherboard with an AMD Ryzen 7 3800X processor and thoroughly tested it. In the following motherboard test, we will show the extensive features of the ASRock X570 Extreme4 and see how it performs compared to the previous AMD motherboards.

Seagate Announces the Early Tender Results

Seagate HDD Cayman today announced the early tender results for its previously announced cash tender offers (each, an “Offer” and, collectively, the “Offers”) for (i) up to an aggregate principal amount of $250,000,000 of its 4.250% Senior Notes due 2022 (the “2022 Notes”), (ii) up to an aggregate principal amount of $200,000,000 of its 4.750% Senior Notes due 2023 (the “2023 Notes”), and (iii) up to an aggregate principal amount of $75,000,000 of its 4.750% Senior Notes due 2025 (the “2025 Notes,” and, collectively with the 2022 Notes and the 2023 Notes, the “Notes” and each, a “series”).

Schlumberger, Chevron and Microsoft Announce Collaboration

Tuesday at the SIS Global Forum 2019, Schlumberger, Chevron and Microsoft. announced the industry’s first three-party collaboration to accelerate creation of innovative petrotechnical and digital technologies. Data is quickly emerging as one of the most valuable assets to any company yet extracting insights from it is often difficult as information gets trapped in internal silos. As part of the collaboration, the three companies will work together to build Azure-native applications in the DELFI* cognitive E&P environment initially for Chevron, which will enable companies to process, visualize, interpret and ultimately obtain meaningful insights from multiple data sources.

Intel Promotes Two Corporate Officers

Intel Corporation today announced it has promoted two corporate officers. “These promotions recognize two strong leaders who have taken a larger role in our organization and in ensuring the success of our customers,” said Intel CEO Bob Swan. “They are role models for the Intel values and the culture evolution at the center of our transformation strategy.”

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

What's Next for Anthem

If one more developer says "we hear your concerns," I'm gonna crap. Never mind...too late...they said it.

Those of you in our player community that played on our Public Test Server gave us valuable feedback from your play that we used to influence our changes to the game. PTS is an invaluable tool we will leverage for future updates with Anthem. Some of the changes made to the Cataclysm based on your input were: 
  • Combat balancing improvements
  • Adjustments for minor-to-major crystal economy
  • Additional types of reward crates, providing more player choice
  • UX tips in load screens to better explain Cataclysm mechanics
  • Final Score Banners to show how much score was gained from playing on higher difficulties

Apple: $14B EU Tax Order 'Defies Reality And Common Sense'

Funny, I don't remember Apple having a problem when the company was reaping the benefits of the double Irish arrangement.

The European Union’s order to Apple to pay 13 billion euros ($14 billion) in back taxes “defies reality and common sense”, the U.S. firm said as the two sides sparred in a case key to the EU’s crackdown on sweetheart deals to multinationals. 

Download The Rockstar Games Launcher: Get GTA San Andreas Free

Another game launcher? As tempting as a free copy of GTA San Andreas might be...I think I'll pass.

The Rockstar Games Launcher is a new Windows desktop application that allows you to quickly and easily access your Rockstar Games PC collection in a single place, across both digital and disc-based titles including ones purchased from various other digital stores. You can also use the Launcher to shop for new Rockstar Games PC titles to add to your collection.

BUY GEFORCE RTX, Get Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

This is story of my a new video card when there are no bundles to be week later...NVIDIA announces bundles like this.

E3 2020 Plans To Pay Influencers To 'Create Buzz and FOMO

Just great...more crap like this. Everything leading up to E3 will be spoon-fed headlines that include "you won't believe your eyes when you see it now" and "you will never guess what happened next."

The ESA’s intentions for E3 2020 have been disclosed in a pitch deck for group members, and it includes turning E3 into a festival in which influencers and the media will be paid to ‘control content and the message’ of the event.

HBO Paid How Much For Big Bang Theory Streaming Rights?

With networks so willing to dish out this much cash, it's no wonder your Netflix / HBO prices keep going up.

Terms of the agreement weren’t disclosed. A person familiar with the deal said the five-year agreement is worth close to $500 million. In addition, WarnerMedia’s cable channel TBS has extended its current arrangement for reruns of the show, making the total value of the deal in the region of $600 million, another person with knowledge of the matter said.

Borderlands 3 Save Game Issue Hotfix

Blue's has news about a hotfix for that Borderlands 3 save game issue everyone has been complaining about.

If you are playing games with Cloud Saves on more than one device through the Epic Games Launcher, you may run into Cloud Save conflicts. This is usually because you have played the game offline on one machine.

CORSAIR Launches iCUE 465X RGB Smart Case

CORSAIR®, a world leader in PC gaming peripherals and enthusiast components, today announced the launch of the new CORSAIR iCUE 465X RGB Mid-Tower ATX Smart Case, offering PC enthusiasts smart RGB lighting and strong cooling with three included CORSAIR LL120 RGB PWM fans behind two beautiful tempered glass panels in a black or white chassis. Users can create stunning, customizable visuals out-of-the-box with the included iCUE Lighting Node CORE RGB Lighting Controller and iCUE software.

WeWork Is Likely to Delay IPO After Valuation Plummets

What I am seeing is RED FLAGS! RED FLAGS! I'm not an expert but..RED FLAGS!!!

WeWork signaled a delay to its much-awaited initial public offering, saying it expects to complete the listing by the end of this year as concerns mount over the company’s valuation and business prospects.

New Climate Change Survey

And the survey says....

This Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll was conducted online and by telephone July 9-Aug. 5, 2019 among a random national sample of 2,293 adults age 18 and over as well as 629 teenagers ages 13-17. The adult sample includes oversamples in the Southwest, Mountain West/Midwest, New England and Southeast/Gulf Coast regions. Results from the full survey have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points among adults and plus or minus five percentage points among teens. The sample was drawn through the AmeriSpeak panel, the probability-based panel of NORC at the University of Chicago. The national and teen samples are weighted to match the geographic and demographic makeup of the U.S. overall, according to Census Bureau data. Parentheticals within questions indicate clauses that were randomly rotated for respondents. Full methodological details at the end of this document.

Elon Musk: I Didn't Intend To Accuse Diver of Pedophilia

True story...I actually did the opposite of this. At a Halloween party, a dear friend of mine dressed up as a cute kangaroo (complete with baby Kangaroo in the pouch) to announced her pregnancy and I laughed because I thought she was dressed as pedo bear.

Elon Musk is continuing to try to wriggle his way out of a defamation lawsuit, claiming in a court filing on Monday that a tweet labeling a British diver “pedo guy” was not meant to actually accuse him of pedophilia.

Oracle and Intel Collaborate on Optane DC Persistent Memory Performance Breakthroughs

Intel Corporation and Oracle today announced that Oracle is incorporating the high-performance capabilities of Intel® Optane™ DC persistent memory into its next-generation Exadata platform, Oracle Exadata X8M. Exadata powers Oracle Autonomous Database, Oracle Cloud Applications and the high-performance database infrastructure at most of the world’s leading banks, telecoms and retailers.

Phanteks Announces High Airflow P400A Panels

Phanteks today announced the release of the P400A’s high performance, all-metal mesh front panel. Due to the high demand for this panel from our original P400(S) customers, we have decided to have this available for purchase.